There's really only one way to begin: with your own family. You need to sit down with every relative and ask about their folks, questions like, "Who were they? Where did they come from?" and the like. Make detailed notes. Pay special attention to any specific dates being given; these are crucial. You need to discover the locations where your people traveled from and to, and if you can, answer the question, "Why?"

Next, I recommend joining Don't waste time looking for censuses, etc., on your own. There is a great chance that Ancestry has documents you need to advance your research. When you've gone through those, the library can be your next stop.

Don't forget to Google and Bing everyone. Weird stuff turns up! Do this occasionally, and change up your search terms.

Try some of the search sites in the middle column there.

If you have a male relative of your surname, you need to record your Y-DNA. Go to Family Tree DNA and order a kit. Get the 67-marker, or at least the 37, Anything below that is pretty much worthless. You will find matches on FTDNA, and if they have the same surname, that's kinfolk.

When you are building your online tree, don't forget to add photos! You'll meet cousins on there who will be so glad to see them!

Once your Ancestry tree is pretty well done, buy the product they put out called Family Tree Maker. You can download what you've done online into FTM, and the photos and source references come along. Make charts! Burn and share DVDs! Make a gift of your family history to someone.

Genealogy - the most fun!

Family Search

Spokeo White Pages



Our Family Tree - a free genealogy site, one massive tree and growing. Sign up and add your family

Family Tree DNA

Age Calculator


Shared Tree

Family Search (LDS)

Family Search Pilot

East North Carolina Digital Images

US Gen Web

Access Genealogy

Ancestral Findings

Cyndi's List

Historic Newspapers

General Land Office Records

new link for Land Patent Search

Land Grant Search

Missouri Death Certificates

Google Images


Missouri Pioneers


Old Newspapers, esp Taney Co, MO



Just 4 Me

Gorin Genealogy Publishing (KY)

Allen Co

Southampton Records - Brantley Association

Arkansas Land Records

Crawford County Newspapers

Arkansas Gravestones

NC Genwebs Project

Oklahoma Gravestones


Oklahoma On Demand Court Records

Bartlesville Records -

click on departments
choose local and family history
click (left side of screen) newspaper archives
enter a surname in the box "newspaper title browse

Washington State Archives

Oregon State Archives

TO do: work this surname list


Sorted By Name


Descendants of Elizabeth Loftin and Thomas Pope

Lanier/ Pope Genealogy

GeorgiaArchives: Wilkes Co Records

Popes of Fairfield, Benton, MO

The Ricks of America

Boling Descendants

Pope, Carey and Nancy

Joseph Pope, Salem Witch Accuser

Thomas, orphan of Benjamin Pope

The History of Hamilton County and Chattanooga, TN

Wm Baugh m Amarilla Thrift Pope

Early VA Maps

Rowes of VA

Genealogical memoranda of the Quisenberry Family

William Rowe and Mary Brough

Genealogies of VA Families

Matthew Joyner m Patience Pope

The History of Savannah and S GA

Pope Family, Irwinville Farms

Index to Abstracts of Wills & Estate Records Granville County, NC 1746-1808:


Lucinda Lucy Tatum Pope

Maury Co Marriages

Descendents of Thomas Richard Pope

Cary W Pope on Find A Grave, with other Popes

Ransdell and Hump Pope

State Records of NC

Chronicling America











Just For Me (Look Away)

In Memory of Emmett Riley Everett

Taney County Missouri History

Troubles In Taney County

Death of Howard Everett

Floyd Jones Memoir

Floyd Jones Memoir III

Missouri Death Certificates - 1910-1958

Old Taney County Deeds


University of Georgia Rare Books

The Genealogy of Thomas Pope

Thomas Pope Desc. 1608-1883

A Genealogy of the Pope Family of Kentucky and This

Pope Message Boards

Linkpendium of the Pope Family

Pope Pages

Jack Pope Web

Dorchester Pope Families And This

Edker Lee Pope

Twiggs County, GA

Elijah Pope, Catherine Travis

Aday Photo

Boaz Aday

More Aday

Shared Tree Popes

Rootsweb Popes

Lanier/ Pope Photos

Crawford County Clippings and This

Crawford County Marriages

Pope Quilt

Old Arkansas Genealogy

Pope Edgecombe

Soper Bible

Popes and Maxwells

History of NC Counties

Muster Roll for Edgecombe Co

Benton County

Benton County 1836 Census, 5th District

Soldiers of Crawford County

David Pope Murder Case

Allen Co Marriages

Allen County Pope Communities

Allen Co History

Allen County - new

Pope Postings

William Pope

Isle of Wight and Southampton

Jesse Pope's Will

John Pope's Will

Simon Pope, Veteran

Virginia Pope Genealogies

EL Pope ( maybe related to Edker)

GA Popes

Odd Popes and More and More

Big Font Pope Page note: some of this is wrong, but some is good

Arkansas Cavalry Second Regiment

Wm Isaac or Joshua


Pope Family History (entire book, pdf)

Mystery Elijah

New Kay's Page

Descendants of William Pope

Durst Family Law (Pope)

POPES - Desc of William

Nathaniel BFF With Boone

Pope Family Association

Elnathan Pope

A Pope Family Cemetery NC

All Popes In Orange Co NC (Burials)

Thomas Pope - MA

Ancestry NC Wills


Wilkes GA

Isle of Wight Quit Rents 1704


Smithson Photos

Smithson Family Exchange


NC 1812 Muster Rolls


Chastain Central

The Pierre Chastain Association

National Huguenot Society

With Denton


Sontag Evans

Taggart Family

Thomas Galway Evans

Bell's Corners Union Cemetery

1901 Census of Canada

1871 Census of Ontario



Free Pages Switzer

Haz and one Mcgibney

Graves in Ottawa

Ottawa City Directory 1912

Louisiana Death Indexes

Nepean Properties


The Irish Palatine Association

Ontario Genealogy Society


Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma

More Leflore

Choctaw Pages

Leflore Photos

Ward / Leflore

List of Choctaw Chiefs

White River Jolly Old Pedagogue



Possibly Glyn


Atkisson - Southampton


The Chastain Family Tree


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